Kurt Vonnegut Walks Into a Bar
Electric Literature

“Kurt was assigned a short piece about a racehorse that had jumped the fence in mid-race and attempted to escape the track”

I’m a little disappointed Kurt didn’t run with that one. D. H. Lawrence style. Young boy’s hopes and dreams. Coming of age. Achieves freedom from life’s constraints. Ultimately about hope.

And death.

On the other hand Kurt did jump the fence. Apparently he was never caught.

Note: The racehorse story is the sort of sucker story that Vonnegut was famous for. Who knows how much of it is true. A lot of things can be read into it. But that’s the the mark of a great story teller. As a reader I don’t care whether or not it is completely true.

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